Book Review: Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

Umbrella Summer is what Annie has this year.  When her brother died in February, she learned that anyone can be sick and not know it.  Now, Annie is afraid to do some of the things she used to, because you never know if you will get malaria or ebola or some other thing.  When a new neighbor moves in across the street, Annie finds that they have more in common than she first thought.  And that life might not be about avoiding illness and injury.

Umbrella Summer

Things I Liked:
This is such a sweet story about a girl trying to deal with the death of her older brother.  I loved hearing things from Annie's point of view, because she was so smart in some ways, and totally not in others.  Just how I imagine most children her age are.  I also thought it was perfect that she got help in closing her umbrella (such a great analogy) and then was able to help her mother and father close theirs.  I highly recommend this book to help tweens deal with death.

Things I Didn't Like:
It might be a bit young for some of the nearly teens, but excellent for tweens and older children.

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Overall rating: ****

Posted as part of Tween Tuesday, hosted by GreenBeanTeenQueen.

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